Looks like you’re ready. You put that Twinkie down and made it past the front door, you should be proud. Every little bit helps, remember, baby steps.
So you’re in the lobby of your local Fitness Center and the intimidation factor is mounting. Now you’re thinking; “The men and women look incredible.” “How could their muscles have muscles?” “Why are they so skinny?” “I…I don’t belong here. I need to leave now.”
Breathe. Listen, more often than not, those people working out didn’t start out looking that way. At some point, they were just like you. Even if they weren’t, just assume they were. It helps. Besides, you took advantage of that free trial membership being offered, so try not to waste it.
Now remember, you are here for you, not for anyone else. It may feel like everyone is staring at you, but most people are usually concentrating on their own workout so don’t worry about anyone else at this point.
Look at all the advanced equipment inside the weight room that you don’t know how to use. You’re not an expert on those machines? That’s ok, it will be discussed later. For now, let’s focus on your full body workout plan. Some people write down the exercises and goals they want to accomplish which is a good method but this one is easy to remember; Chest/Triceps, Back/Biceps, Legs/Shoulders.
Do not do this every day! It’s a good training plan for beginners. Use this method to get a full body workout weekly; Day 1 Chest & Triceps, Day 2 Back & Biceps, Day 3 Legs & shoulders, Day 4 rest. Back to Day 1, wash, rinse, repeat. It’s also acceptable to do these only three times a week, you’re not training for the Olympics are you? Once you get into the habit, you can start adjusting your workout for you. It is important to run a small distance before working out to get the body warmed up. Try to run at least a mile at the beginning of each exercise day.
So you say you haven’t run in 5 years? That’s fine, do what your body will allow, but don’t cheat yourself. When you think you can no longer run, just push a little more, you’re stronger than you think.
You’re on Day 1; you pushed through another hurdle on the treadmill and are ready to begin your workout. Its Chest/Triceps day and you have no idea how to use the equipment but that high you just got from running has you motivated.
Where to next?